A crisis meeting was called last week at software specialist Sirius' Solihull headquarters. Its marketing department was mobilised after chief executive Steve Verrall demanded an explanation on a certain "presentation issue".

Sirius group marketing director Neil Atkins rushed in ready to take action. It seems Verrall was surprised to see that no Christmas tree was in either the foyer or outside! So Atkins, efficient as ever, got into his car and went to the local Solihull garden centre and within 24 hours the Sirius office had gone from "humbug!" to "handsome!" Job done!